Now that we have passed the Solstice and the days will soon start to get shorter, I am curious as to the differences between here and Dublin. It is getting dark around 9 p.m. here now – in Dublin in late June and early July one is able to play tennis until after 10 p.m., maybe even as late as 10:30. Not so here in Seattle it is dark earlier. So what are the sunrise times? I’m not so good on those. According to this website sunrise in Seattle today June 23 was at 5:12 a.m. and sunset was at 9:11 p.m. In Dublin today sunrise was at 4:57 a.m. and sunset at 9:57 p.m. I had sort of thought that Dublin and Seattle were similar in latitude but no, Dublin is positioned about 6 degrees further North. Hence the longer hours of daylight at this time of year. According to this website I am located at approximately 47 degrees 41 minutes North. Dublin (Wicklow) is located at 53 degrees 4 minutes North.
I have rather mixed feelings about the longer hours of daylight. On the one hand I love it – particularly the long evenings. On the other hand, it makes me miss the lawn bowling and the tennis that one play in the long evenings in Dublin. And with so much daylight I feel I should make the most of that time, both in the early morning and in the evening. Sort of compulsive behaviour I admit. When we have lived nearer the equator there was a sameness in the length of the days and we missed the seasonal swings. I don’t think I would like to live much further North than what I have been used to in Ireland. And Seattle is more similar to what I grew up with in Boston.